Mary Annette (Miller) Osunba, was given the name, “Mary” because she was born on December 25, 1949, the third oldest of eight children born to the late Joseph P. Miller, Sr. and the late Corine E. (Brewton) Miller. Her parents, siblings, extended family and many close friends called her, “Annette/Aunt Annette/Auntie Nette”. She remained a resident of her native Providence, Rhode Island throughout her life.
In the early 90s, she received Christ as her Savior and was baptized in the Holy Spirit. She became a member of Faith Christian Center, Seekonk, Massachusetts in 1995 after successfully completing the required New Members Class.
Mary Annette was educated in the Providence school system. She was a graduate of the Sawyer School of Business. She has held jobs in manufacturing, healthcare insurance, business, daycare, and healthcare since the age of 16. For the last 18 years she has been employed at Anchor Medical as a Medical Receptionist where she was well loved and respected by the doctors, co-workers, and patients.
Immediately after graduating from the International Bible School (IBS), she made the decision to serve as a missionary in Mexico for a week, along with many of her classmates, IBS staff and several alumni. At the beginning of her second year at IBS, it was required of students in the Homiletics course to prepare and deliver a sermonette. Although she was very nervous, Mary Annette delivered a most moving and memorable message entitled, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” She never forgot the Lord’s encouragement to her when He allowed her to see a dove lite on a fence in front of her as she left for class on that evening.
For 18 years she sacrificed time, talent, and treasure serving along-side her sister, Evangelist Bernita L. Wright as all-around “right hand, minute-man” in the ministry (Women of Prayer, Power & Destiny Ladies’ Conference - WOPPDLC, Be God’s Valentine – BGV, Summiting the Mountain, A Clarion Call to Prayer, prayer summits). For Mary Annette, no sacrifice was too costly. She was a selfless, “cheerful giver” so that others could be blessed. She was also a lover and learner of God’s Word—what she didn’t know, she wanted to learn. She learned to pray and was a faithful attendee of ‘OUR FAMILY PRAYER’, a weekly, Saturday prayer meeting with her siblings and other family members.
During holidays and special family occasions, Mary Annette enjoyed making baked mac & cheese, baked beans, BBQ chicken, glazed ham, and candied yams as only she could; AND … let’s not forget her famous deviled eggs—YUM!
Mary Annette was the mother of three adult children and two adult grandchildren. No matter what, these were her pride and joy! During most any conversation, she would find some way to include one of her own.
At almost age 71, Mary Annette had bought her dream car and was preparing to retire in early 2021. Well, we loved Mary Annette, but God loved her best. So, He transitioned her home to eternal rest.
To God be the Glory!
Mary Annette was preceded in death by her infant brother, Timothy Miller; her parents Joseph P. Miller, Sr. and Corine E. (Brewton) Miller; her brother-in-law, Jerome M. O'Neal, Sr.; her niece, Corine D. Miller; and her nephew-in-law, Dedrick L. Rose. To celebrate her life and cherish her memory she leaves two sons and one daughter: Bernard B. Miller of Meriden, CT, Brian S. Miller of New Bedford, MA, and Victoria O. Osunba; Two grandchildren: Tadeisha J. and Elijah P. Jones both of Providence, RI; Six siblings: Joseph P. (Veatrice) Miller, Sr., Evangelist Jo-Ann M. (Miller) O’Neal, Norma J. Miller, Theresa F. (Miller) Nelson, Evangelist Bernita L. (Miller) Wright, Richard K. Miller; a 100-year old uncle, Henry Brewton, Sr. of Claxton, GA; and a host of nephews, nieces, great/great-great nephews/nieces, cousins, and friends.
Too soon from us you’re sadly gone
No more suffering, but safely home.
You’re sorely missed from earth with us
Yet in God’s mercy we shall trust
To get us through this valley called the shadow of death;
This walk through journey, a painful test.
Until such time when each of us, we too
Shall pass through death to life, again with you.
Until such time when we meet again
Rest In Paradise our dear mother, nana, auntie,
niece, cousin, and friend.
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